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#1 posted 11-25-2012 11:49 PM

I’m working on the pricing thing for a bunch of boards at the moment as well. However as for end grain boards and your planer, I’ve had a couple kick back (no damage to the planer) and just once board blow up. A few things I’ve found that help are to glue on either a sacrificial ‘flat’ board on the end ( you can cut it off later, or leave it) By having a non end grain board at the
end’ of the board as it travels through the planer, there won’t be any blow out or tear out on the trailing edge of the board.

another trick I do with smaller/thinner boards is to glue on a set of ‘runners’ on the sides to help guide the board through the planer. The Runners don’t have to be hardwood, I use pine, they’re basically there for traction on the rollers, so that the board will travel through the planer safely. The times I’ve had a board kick back were related to having a strip of end grain higher and/or lower than the board next to it and the rollers tried to pull it through and it got stuck.

Either way, the ONLY way to get the board through the planer is to take extremely light passes. Try and horse it through by taking more than 1/32 or less off and you’re just asking for tear-out or worse. Means more trips through the planer, but hey, that’s just woodworking.

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